Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change in Britain and Beyond [Paperback]

Peter Coates (Editor); David Moon (Editor); Paul Warde (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781909686939 | Published by: Windgather Press | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 272p, H246 x W185 (mm)

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Local Places, Global Processes


We live in an age of unprecedented environmental change: global, interconnected and universal. Yet though our lives are inextricably connected to global processes, and increasingly mobile, we still live in particular places. Our perceptions of change, and what kind of change might be for good or ill, are shaped by the interaction of localised experience and the wider forces of transformation. Local Places, Global Processes examines how these relationships have been shaped in Britain over time in three ways. First, through essays addressing influential ways of understanding and debating questions of ‘the state of nature’. These are complemented by case studies on conservation, landscape change and management, and how perceptions of environmental change have emerged or been discarded over time. Chapters also draw on a series of site-based workshops that brought together historians, landscape managers and artists to discuss and reflect on particular sites: Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, owned by the National Trust and the first British nature reserve; the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Somerset, England’s first AONB and a landscape enriched by Romantic association; and the landscape of Kielder Water and Forest, a land of superlatives in Northumberland in north-eastern England – the largest planted forest and artificial lake in northern Europe.
The multi-disciplinary approach draws together the exchanges, artworks and writing assembled at these workshops and afterwards. This opens up how being in a place, and engaging with ideas attached to it, shape perceptions of the environment. It provides resources with which landscape managers can think about their tasks and engage various publics in discussion about future environments in light of these histories of place. Rather than a history of these three places, this is history written from them.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1. Introduction: Local Places, Global Processes: In Search of the Environment
 Paul Warde, Peter Coates and David Moon
2. Three Places
 Peter Coates, Paul Warde and David Moon
3. The Environment
 Paul Warde
4.  Landscape Character Assessment and the Quantocks during the Nuclear Age
 Emma-Jane Preece
5. The Curious Case of the Missing History at Kielder
 Richard Oram
6. Birds and Squirrels as History
 T. C. Smout
7. The ‘Nature’ of ‘Artificial’ Forests?
 Chris Pearson
8. Not All Those Who Wander are Lost: Walking in the Quantock Hills
 Marianna Dudley
9. An Amphibious Culture: Coping with Floods in the Netherlands
 Petra J. E. M. van Dam
10. Names and Places
 Paul Warde
11. Constructing the Kielder Landscape: Plantations, Dams and the Romantic Ideal
 Jill Payne
12. The Kielder Oral History Project: Three Case Studies
 Leona Jayne Skelton
13. Wild Britannia: Environmental History, Wildlife Television and New Publics in Britain
 Robert A. Lambert
14. John Clare, Drainage and Printmaking
 Carry Akroyd
15.  Landscape and the Artist in Twenty-First Century Britain
 Jenny Graham
16. Kielder: A Planned Wilderness
 Peter Sharpe
17. Beauty and the Aesthetics of Place, Nature and Environment
 Peter Coates
18. Light on Landscape: An Antipodean View
 Libby Robin
19. ‘Beauty and the Motorway – The Problem for All’: Motoring through the Quantocks Area of Natural Beauty
 Tim Cole
20.  The Beautiful and the Global
 Petra J. E. M. van Dam
21.  Reservoirs, Military Bases and Environmental Change: Joining the Dots
 Chris Pearson
22.  Species Conservation at Kielder: Animating Place with Animals
 Duncan Hutt
23. Environmental Change: A Local Perspective on Global Processes
 David Moon and Leona Jayne Skelton
24. Hidden History: Kielder’s Early Modern Landscape
 Matt Greenhall
25. Waterlands to Wonderlands
 Paul Warde
26. Kielder Dam and Reservoir
 Jonty Hall
27. Kielder Forest
 Graham Gill
28. National Trust: ‘Wicken Fen Vision’ (2009) [extracts]
29. Kielder Water and Forest Park: The City in the Country
 Christine McCulloch
30. Nature, Cultural Choice and History
 T. C. Smout
31. Concluding Reflections
 David Moon, Peter Coates and Paul Warde
Timeline of Events
List of Contributors

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